Assessing Sustainable Freight Policies using a Micro-simulation Approach

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March 2013 Final Report

Primary Investigator

Kouros Mohammadian
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago
842 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-9840


The proposed study addresses one of CFIRE’s Signature Technical Areas of Research: Assessment of Environmental and Energy Impacts of Freight Transportation. The project will be built upon an earlier work at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in which a behavioral freight movement micro-simulation model, called FAME, was developed. The model considers the crucial role of freight activity in the economic vitality of the country, and the economic, social, and environmental impacts of freight transportation. We propose to link the FAME model and a network simulator so that it could be used as a test-bed for evaluating various freight policies (e.g., curfew and load/time restrictions for freight movements) and whether they help or hinder achieving sustainability goals. The project will examine the effects of different policy measures in controlling the impacts of the freight transportation system.


The objective of the proposed study is to assess how freight policies could support achieving the sustainability objectives of transportation community. It tests different policy measures and discusses the potential changes in the impacts of freight transportation under each policy.


  1. Network assignment
  2. Develop policy measures to be analyzed
  3. Testing the policy measures
  4. Analysis of the Result and Evaluation
  5. Dissemination of Findings

Project Information

  • Duration: 11 months
  • Dates: November 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013
  • Budget: $78,998
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway and Rail
  • Project ID: CFIRE 07-04
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